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Letter: Straight-ticket? No thanks!

The Sunday Monitor’s Dec. 9 Capital Beat column said, “Rep. Jeanine Notter, a Merrimack Republican, has filed a legislative service request for legislation next year to allow straight-ticket voting, which New Hampshire abandoned in 2007, and many states abandoned years before.”

This would be a step backward. Voting the straight ticket means the voter does not study the individual who is seeking to represent him, but instead only votes for the party. Our problems statewide and nationally are only going to be solved by bipartisanship. Our representatives must be listeners to all parties, as well as thinkers and speakers.

Legislators, do not step backward by reinstating the straight-ticket voting. Voters need to check each name. Don’t let us go back to Tammany Hall politics, where it’s “my party, or none.”


New London

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